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Feb 24

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2/24/2019 12:00 AM  RssIcon

Sometimes, you sit down in mid-February to write a bulletin column, and all you see in front of you is a blank screen. Especially this year, with Lent starting in a few weeks yet, there is nothing exciting on the Church calendar to talk about. (Well, we have a few events this week, more below…) I have to fill a full page of material, and so far, I have four lines…

This winter has, admittedly, seemed to be endless. Lots of gray and dreary days have the spirits a little lower than normal, even with Spring Training games starting this weekend! So there are these little moments where hope springs eternal and the greenery will soon be sprouting again.

These long dreary days are a good reminder that we do not just meet God in the bright and sunny days of life, we come to know Him just as much, if not more, in the dreary trudge of life through the mud and the muck that seems so prevalent as the thaw happens and we get more and more rain. God is there, and wishes to be present to you in these moments, too!

But all is not lost and there are still plenty of things happening around the parishes, as mentioned above. This week, we have two unique prayer experiences to help lift the spirits: Wednesday, February 27, at Corpus Christi, Deacon Larry and Bill are leading an evening of reflection to prepare for the coming of Lent a week later. The next night, Thursday, February 28, at St. John Neumann, Steve is leading an evening of Prayer and Praise. More details on these events are found elsewhere in the bulletin.

These events are good reminders, too, that prayer is not just to be done at Mass. Other types of liturgical and non-liturgical prayer should and can help us enter more deeply into our worship at Sunday Mass, the source and summit of all things Catholic. No matter what are prayer is, it should both be fed by Mass and lead us back into a deeper experience with Jesus at Mass. This concept is something that we have a great awareness of here at the parishes and is something we strive to foster no matter what it is that we are doing.

By this point, I am nearing four hundred words in this column that could probably be about half that. Some days, rambling is all I got! Lent is around the corner, spring will slowly be springing, and soon we will hopefully be emerging into the bright sunshine of another summer. No matter where we are, let us pray for one another, let us encourage each other in holiness and virtue, and lift each other up in our own struggles and vices that Jesus may reign victorious in all that we say and do.

God Bless,
Fr. Kyle

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